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The NACCHO Podcast series provides public health professionals with in-depth interviews featuring some of the field's top officials. Listeners can also learn the latest news from Washington, DC with our bi-weekly "Podcast From Washington."
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Dec 5, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the continuing resolution to fund the Federal Government, which runs out on December 20. They also discuss two congressional hearings this week that dealt with influenza season, and the Administration’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Stacy Collins, Associate Director, Health Systems Transformation at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs to discuss the growing maternal mortality rate in the U.S., as well as the significance of the Affordable Care Act in improving health outcomes of youth and maternal mortality rates. They also talk about how the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act would disrupt the entire healthcare system. 

Nov 14, 2019

In this week’s Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team member Ian Goldstein discusses tobacco legislation advanced by the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee that would raise the federal tobacco purchasing age to 21, ban flavored tobacco products, and require face-to-face sales. He also discusses the Senate HELP Committee hearings on vaping, and the continuing resolution to fund the government, which runs out on November 21.

Later in the program, Emily Yox, NACCHO’s program analyst for global health, sits down with Dr. Lee Smith, the Executive Director and County Health Officer of Monongalia County Health Department in West VirginiaIn their discussion, Dr. Lee describes how his county is using the popular dating app Grindr to share information and encourage testing for syphilis, after an outbreak that started primarily among MSM in early 2019. Smith drew inspiration for this program from a South African presentation he attended a decade earlier on the value of cell phone data, and was able to adapt those ideas into an initiative that addressed a specific community need.

Oct 31, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the passage of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, which would require adults to sign for vaping products delivered by mail. The legislation also implements new safeguards, such as age verification requirements that would prevent the online sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. They also discuss the Senate movement of FY2020 appropriations, before the current continuing resolution expires November 21.

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sits down with Matthew Clarke, Director of Creative Placemaking for the Trust for Public Land to discuss how Matthew became involved in urban creative placemaking. They discuss his influences as an architect and urban space creator, as well as Clarke’s latest book The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking in the Parks, a how-to resource for community development.

Oct 17, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, NACCHO Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the latest from Capitol Hill and recent hearings on e-cigarettes, vaccines, and emergency preparedness.   

Later in the program, Emily Yox, NACCHO’s program analyst for global health, sits down with Dr. Umair Shah, former NACCHO President and Executive Director for Harris County Public Health in Texas, to discuss several health department programs that were inspired by successful global health work. Dr. Shah discusses two interventions specifically around mosquito and vector control that were initially carried out in India, Brazil, and Australia before being adopted by Harris County to align with their specific needs.   

Oct 3, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Government Affairs team members Ian Goldstein and Adriane Casalotti discuss the continuing resolution signed by President Trump that will keep the federal government funded through November 21. They also discuss how Congress is dealing with the youth vaping epidemic, and the latest news related to the mysterious vaping illness.  

Later in the program, Ian sits down with Francis Higgins, NACCHO’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program Analyst, to discuss NACCHO’s Environmental Scan Report. The Environmental Scan looks at local health department prevention activities related to the opioid epidemic, and Francis shares the report’s findings and how local health departments can use it as a vital resource to understand the epidemic. 

Sep 19, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Senate Appropriations Committee’s release of its FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill. They also discuss the federal crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes and the latest news on the vaping illness.  

Later in the program, Emily Yox sits down for a Skype interview with Duncan Stephenson, the Deputy Chief Executive for the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom to discuss his Health on High Street project. This model uses data to score shops found on UK High Streets to create a measure to determine the “healthiness or unhealthiness” of 70 UK towns and cities. This model is now migrating to the United States to rank the healthiness or unhealthiness of U.S. main streets, with a final report coming out in early 2020. They discuss the catalyst behind starting this work, how they scored and ranked the streets, and its adaptation within the U.S. context. 

Sep 12, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss breaking news, as the Food and Drug Administration is finalizing plans to ban all flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market in an effort to discourage youth vaping. They also discuss the cancellation of the markup for the Senate FY2020 Labor, Health & Human Services, (LHHS) Education appropriations bill.

Later in the program, in a nod to National Preparedness Month, Ian Goldstein sits down with Michelle (Shelly) Schwedhelm, executive director for Emergency Management & Biopreparedness at Nebraska Medicine. They discuss developing a regional public health response system for disasters, as well as Shelly’s role in the 2014 Ebola education training program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also shares how local health departments can develop a structure that incorporates clinical systems with public health.

Aug 29, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington Ian Goldstein and Adriane Casalotti discuss Congress’ return to Capitol Hill after Labor Day to tackle appropriations for FY2020 that begins October 1. They also discuss the proposed rule change to 42 CFR Part 2, regarding mental health records sharing. Finally, they discuss the Surgeon General’s latest campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of marijuana for teens and pregnant women. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Stephen Redd. They discussed the threat of a global pandemic and the ability of the US to respond to an outbreak. They also discussed climate change and how communities can better prepare for natural and manmade disasters. 

Aug 15, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 and how that will affect appropriations bills for FY2020. They also discuss the final “public charge” rule from the Trump Administration. Finally, they discuss August recess and how you can get involved in public health advocacy.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Public Health Director for Kentucky River District Health Department Scott Lockard. They discuss the implementation of the department’s needle exchange program and how other health departments can replicate positive health outcomes. They also discuss the challenges and community buy-in for the project. 

Jul 25, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 agreement that would raise cap levels for non-defense discretionary spending in FY2020 and FY2021. They also discuss the Administration’s new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules, and the Food and Drug Administration’s anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Public Health Director for Bell County, KY Teresa Hunter. The discussed overprescribing rates in Bell County and how that contributed to the opioid epidemic. They discussed activities the county health department has done with support of NACCHO to curb the opioid epidemic.  

Jun 27, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the House passage of the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education appropriations bill and the public health implications. They also discuss NACCHO Annual 2019 activities.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Chief of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Harris County Public Health Jennifer Kiger. They discussed the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and the value of storytelling when it comes to emergency preparedness. They also discussed the chemical plant fire in eastern Harris County that happened in March.  

Jun 13, 2019
In this week’s episode of the Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the movement of four House FY2020 appropriations bills packaged into a minibus. They also discuss the long-awaited passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards and Advancing Innovations Act reauthorization. 
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with a panel of local health professionals from the Cabell-Huntington Health Department in West Virginia. They discussed the health department efforts to control a Hepatitis A outbreak, and how the opioid epidemic has affected those efforts. The panel also discussed the need for community partnerships to manage the outbreak response.
May 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of the NACCHO Podcast Series, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss Memorial Day recess and items the Congress will have to take up when they return next week. The House will have to pass the Senate version of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act. They also discuss the Department of Health and Human Services proposed rule that would roll back health care protections for transgender patients.  

Later in the program Ian Goldstein sat down with the Deputy Director for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Jeff Schlegelmilch. They discussed understanding the nation’s readiness to prepare for and respond to disasters, with a focus on children. They discussed data collection of past hurricanes and the gulf oil spill, looking at long-term impacts, particularly in children and their adverse childhood experiences.  

May 16, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein discusses NACCHO Model Practice award winners and de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health. He also talks about the disaster relief package and public health infrastructure bills introduced in the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Hospital Preparedness Coordinator for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Amanda Hunter. They discussed Hepatitis A outbreaks in the Louisville area and the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator. They also discussed the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator in a mass casualty event.  

May 16, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein discusses NACCHO Model Practice award winners and de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health. He also talks about the disaster relief package and public health infrastructure bills introduced in the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Hospital Preparedness Coordinator for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Amanda Hunter. They discussed Hepatitis A outbreaks in the Louisville area and the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator. They also discuss the role of the hospital preparedness coordinator in a mass casualty event.  

May 2, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS), and Education appropriations bill that seeks to boost federal funding for public health programs. They also discuss the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9) in the House.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Broward County Health Department Terri Sudden. Sudden talks about her health departments response to two mass shootings; one at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, and the mass shooting that took place at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.  

Apr 19, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss a vaccine resolution passed by the Senate. They also discuss the introduction of a comprehensive House bill that would ban flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes, including menthol, as well as raise the minimum age of purchase for tobacco products to 21.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Executive Director of Healthcare Ready Dr. Nicolette Louissaint. They discussed how the Healthcare Ready project came about and how local health departments can utilize private partnerships in their preparedness activities. They also discussed steps in making governments and healthcare providers response ready. 

Apr 4, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss the Public Health Preparedness Summit that took place in St. Louis, MO. They also discuss events surrounding National Public Health Week.  

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) Director of Government Relations Dara Lieberman. They discussed TFAH’s report “Ready or Not,” and how the report has been received. They also discussed the importance of advocacy for public health at the federal level and strategies to help public health workers tell their stories to bring attention to their work and advocate for increased public health funding. 

Feb 28, 2019

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein provides a run-down of the week in public health in Washington including a new CDC report that shows HIV prevention has stalled in recent years. He also discusses the House effort to pass a universal background checks bill, and a hearing on the measles outbreak in 10 states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director of Evaluation for NACCHO Dr. Debra Dekker. They discuss the 2018 Forces of Change Survey that reports on the challenges facing local health departments. They are joined via telephone by Claude Alix-Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of Cambridge Public Health Department who shares his story about using Forces of Change data.

Feb 28, 2019

In this week's episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein provides a run-down of the week in public health in Washington including a new CDC report that shows HIV prevention has stalled in recent years. He also discusses the House effort to pass a universal background checks bill, and a hearing on the measles outbreak in 10 states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with Director of Evaluation for NACCHO Dr. Debra Dekker. They discuss the 2018 Forces of Change Survey that reports on the challenges facing local health departments. They are joined via telephone by Claude Alix-Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of Cambridge Public Health Department who shares his story about using Forces of Change data.

Feb 14, 2019

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the possibility of another government shutdown. They also discuss gun violence prevention legislation that was introduced in the House by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL). NACCHO will also comment on the proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that would require able-bodied persons receiving SNAP benefits to work. Finally, they discuss the National Youth Tobacco Report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation Brian Castrucci and CEO and President for Trust for America’s Health John Auerbach to discuss their Health Affairs blog article surrounding the social determinants of health. The two CEOs discussed evidence-based policy solutions to tackle social inequities in communities.

Jan 31, 2019

On this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the end of the five-week Government shutdown and the three-week continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded while Congress and the President work out a deal to fund border security. They also discuss the measles outbreak in seven states. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Chief Medical and Scientific Office of the All of Us Research Program Dr. Kelly Gebo. They discussed the goal of enrolling one million participants in the research program. They also discussed how local health departments can use the depth, data, and research potential of All of Us. 

Jan 17, 2019
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington Eli Briggs and Ian Goldstein discuss  the partial government shutdown that entered its fifth week, and how that is affecting public health and local health departments. They also discuss the Senate hearings for the Attorney General nominee William Barr and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler.
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein talked with Health Director for DeKalb County Health Department Dr. Sandra Ford. They discuss risk factors around maternal and child health to bring awareness to Birth Defects Prevention Month. Dr. Ford discussed the challenges in DeKalb county lowering the rates of infant mortality throughout the county.
Jan 3, 2019
In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Eli Briggs discuss the partial government shutdown and what it means for public health. They also discuss the start of the 116th Congress and the confirmation of Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll.
 
Later in the program, Ian Goldstein spoke via telephone with Stephanie Black Medical Director with the Communicable Disease Program in the Chicago Department of Public Health and Michael Craig Senior Advisor for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit. They discuss the current state of antimicrobial resistance in the US. They also discuss the CDC’s AMR Challenge and how local health departments can get involved.
Dec 13, 2018

In this week’s episode of Podcast from Washington, Ian Goldstein and Adriane Casalotti discuss the Farm bill passed by Congress. They also discuss a looming government shutdown over border wall funding, and the “public charge” rule. Finally, they discuss two maternal health bills passed by the House. 

Later in the program, Ian Goldstein sat down with the Director of the Kansas City Health Department and 2018 Mo Mullet Award winner Dr. Rex Archer and Health Director for Idaho North Central District Carol Moehrle who nominated Dr. Archer for the award. They discussed his career in public health and his greatest accomplishments in public health as well as the greatest challenges throughout his career. They also discussed public health accreditation and the value of NACCHO membership. 

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